|Phoenix Arizona Certified Home Inspector What is an inspection?||
What is a home or commercial building inspection?
A building inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of the building to find items that are not performing correctly, or are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report, and may recommend further evaluation by a licensed contractor.
Why is a building inspection important?
Buyers: Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home or commercial property. A buyer needs a building inspection to find out all the problems possible before the close of escrow.
Home and Commercial Building Seller’s: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their property. First and foremost, you should have an inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the structure. Secondly, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what the defects are, not after you have already negotiated and are faced with costly repairs discovered at the buyer’s inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
What if the report reveals problems?
All buildings (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. Having an inspection performed allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.
What does a home inspection include?
An inspector’s report will review the condition of the building heating system, central air conditioning system, interior and exterior, plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. We also offer additional services not included in a typical inspection, which include termite reports from our licensed wood destroying insect inspector or thermal imaging.
What should I NOT expect from a home or commercial inspection?
Should I attend the inspection?
It is helpful to be there so the inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new property even if no significant problems are found. Be sure to give the inspector time and space to concentrate and focus on the inspection, so he can do the best job possible.
What is a Building Warranty?
A warranty does protect you against components that fail in the future. You may have to pay a deductible (service call fee) when you have a problem. If you choose to have a home warranty, be sure and qualify coverage of your problem over the phone with the warranty company before they send a repairman. If you do not, you may find out that your problem is not covered and you still must pay the deductible or trip service fee. If you have an inspection and you know your furnace or another major component is old, you may be better off to purchase a warranty at the close of escrow. We recommend you look closely at what is NOT covered in warranty company policies as you compare prices.
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